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Escape, Mornington Crescent, NW1

2 Lidlington Place
NW1
NW1 2JU
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Tris C left this review about Escape

Originally the Russell Arms (later J. D. Young Sportsbar) and situated on Barlby Street to the south, the Victorian original presumably succumbed to either Euston's expansion, war damage or the building of the Ampthill Square estate. Either way, the current incarnation dates from the 1970s and was moved further north to its current rather unprepossessing location - the eagle-eyed will spot an original Truman's sign bracket, now devoid of its sign. The building resembles an upmarket nissen hut, looking like something from The Great Escape, which may explain the current name.
Inside it's a multi-level affair with bare boards to the lower areas, carpeted to the raised 'snug'. Furniture is very mixed, as if it were bought from several car boot sales. It's also surprisingly large too with a pool table to the rear. There's also an aquarium with some quite large fish. I assume that these are decorative and not for consumption as this is certainly not a gastropub; apparently Indian food is offered. What it is though is a sports bar with all that entails: large TVs showing sport from every angle or just terrestrial TV with the sound down. Muted music played (Witney) to very few customers. It's very bright in here and there are some small multi-coloured lights decorating the bar.
Ales: none whatsoever, not even keg. I approached the bar only to see the barman standing behind a glowing green shaft. Was it a light sabre? No! It was a device for dispensing that '80s' favourite: Grolsch. I haven't had this stuff since Rick Astley was in the charts though it's far pricier now at a wincing £4.60 a pint. I had ordered a half but the cloth-eared barman gave me the full beans - it actually tasted rather nice.
This isn't a great pub by any means and you can see what you're going to get on passing - we only went in because we were early for a meeting and this was the only drinkery we'd yet to visit.
Escape we did, which is probably the best piece of advice I can give regarding this place.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 2
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Steve C left this review about Escape Sports Bar

This place has everything that you would expect from a sports bar from the many plasmas screens showing Sky and Setanta to the two pool tables and the dartboard. The barman was nice enough, but I didn't get the impression that the locals are the friendliest of people.

There is no real ale and only bog standard lagers on draught alongside Magners. I also have to report that my pint of lager was flat as a pancake.

This is by no means a great pub, but it serves a purpose and I probably wouldn't grumble if I had a few mates with me for some darts or pool.

On 12th January 2009 - rating: 5
[User has posted 3346 recommendations about 3326 pubs]

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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Euston, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Escape, NW1
28th Feb 2018, 20:12
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
28th Feb 2018, 20:09
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Barred after 6.00 pm. - last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 12 January 2009 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 19 June 2017 by ROB Camra
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Last inspected: March 9th 2016
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